“Huge Character 2nd Stage”: Collaboration by Tang Maohong, Zhang Ding and Sun Xun at ShanghART

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ShanghART Beijing opened the second phase of the collaborative project Huge Character on October 30. It is open until November 10, 2011.


This project is a two-stage collaboration between artists , Zhang Ding and Sun Xun. The first stage will directly affect the second stage; the creation process is full of uncertainty.

The first stage started from September 3rd,2011. Six 7m black Chinese characters – “ 你准备 好了吗” (literally means “Are you ready”) were put on four walls of the exhibition hall. It is a question from three artists as well as the dialogue with audience. After the first stage, project enters its second stage. Artists create on site in exhibition, and the creation process is open to public. Base on the huge characters, three artists return to their own creation.

During the second stage, Tang Maohong’s painting works – “Thinking sadness in front of you”, Zhang Ding’s installation work – “Compartment”, and Sun Xun’s mural with sculpture and painting on paper – “March 18th Park” will be public. The three art works are independent but with internal relations. Artists’ communication and their balance searching will be presented in exhibition.

Visit ShanghART’s website for more information: www.shanghart.com

Tang Maohong was born in 1975. Recent exhibitions include Singapore Biennale 2006: Belief (Singapore, 2006), Orchid Finger, ShanghART H-Space (Shanghai, 2006), Sunday – Tang Maohong’s Solo Exhibition, Longhua Lu (Shanghai, 2006), A Lot of Ash – A Lot of Dust, BizArt, (Shanghai, 2005) and Asian Traffic Shanghai: Magnetism – Suspension, Zendai Museum of Modern Art (Shanghai, 2005).

Sun Xun was born in 1980 in Fuxin in Liaoning province, China. He currently lives and works in Beijing. He graduated in 2005 from the Print-making Department of the China Academy of Fine Arts. In 2006 he established π Animation Studio. During 2010 he has received several notable awards including the “Chinese Contemporary Art Awards (CCAA Best Young Artist)” and “Taiwan Contemporary Art Link Young Art Award”. Recent solo exhibitions include: Clown’s Revolution, Holland Animation Festival, Center Museum, Utrecht, Netherlands (2010); 21KE, Minsheng Art Museum, Shanghai (2010); The Soul of Time, Kunsthaus Baselland, Basel, Switzerland (2010); Animals, Max Protetch Gallery, New York, U.S.A (2009); People’s Republic of Zoo, University of Essex Gallery, U.K.(2009); His Story, ShanghART H-Space, Shanghai (2009); The New China, Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, U.S.A(2008); etc. Recent group exhibitions include: By Day By Night or Some (Special) Things a Museum Can Do, Rockbund Art Museum, Shanghai (2010); China Power Station – Part 3, Pinacoteca Agnelli, Torino, Italy (2010); Aichi Tiennale 2010, Aichi, Japan (2010); 2009 Ars Electronica Festival, Linz, Austria; etc.

Zhang Ding was born in 1980 in Gansu. He resides and works in Shanghai. He graduated from North West Minority University, Oil Painting Department in 2003. He studied at China Academy of Fine Arts, New Media Art from 2003 to 2004. Recent exhibitions include Big City and A Lot of Ash – A Lot of Dust, BizArt Center (Shanghai, 2005) and First International Biennale of : MC1 (Montpellier, 2005).

*Banner Image: Tang Maohong, TMH_0316: melancholy, Acrylic on canvas, 2011 and gallery installation image